Queen's Baton Relay: Taking a train ride in Sri Lanka
23 October 2013 Last updated at 16:42 BST
The Queen's Baton Relay will see the baton take many modes of transport around the Commonwealth, but perhaps its most classic trip will be on a steam train in Sri Lanka.
The Viceroy Special steam train, built in Manchester, runs from the capital Colombo to Kandy on the historic tea route across the country.
Presenter Mark Beaumont meets train enthusiast Hemasiri Fernando to find out more about life on the rails.